MANILA – The Manila FAME home furnishings show planned for October is being replaced by a digital event that will be open to buyers from around the world.
The Oct. 15-17 show, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, would have been the 71st FAME show. But due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and the potential effect on show visitors and exhibitors, the organizers said they decided to defer the physical event to a later date.
However, the organizers plan to launch a digital version of the event sometime in October.
“While the physical Manila FAME will not push through this year, we are exploring various opportunities and platforms online and are eager to have you onboard as we tap into Manila FAME 2020’s digital prospects,” said Paulina Suaco-Juan, a CITEM executive director. “In a situation like this where trade shows rely heavily on travel restrictions, quarantine regulations and social distancing measures, we are turning to digital and its ability to promote Filipino artisanship and our partnership in tested and untapped markets around the world on a 24/7 basis.
“We look forward to getting you onboard our forthcoming digital platform. Unbound by space and time, exciting times are ahead for Manila FAME on digital.”
For more information on the show, visit www.manilafame.com
I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.